About me. I work at the intersection of law, politics, public affairs, and international cooperation.

Benjamin Duerr Portretfoto. Fotograaf: Gregor Servais

Photo: Gregor Servais


I was born in the autumn of 1988 in Southern Germany and dedicated my career to a better understanding, the promotion, and the advancement of social progress, international law and international relations. A strong sense of justice keeps me going. Long-distance running teaches me to be perseverant. I live in The Hague, the Netherlands and speak German, Dutch, English, and French.


International relations and diplomacy (Political Science, MSc)
– London School of Economics (LSE)

International law (LL.M.)
– UNICRI / University of Turin


I have worked in different international roles for the government of the Netherlands, and as a strategist in the non-profit sector, including for the foundation of Nobel Peace laureate Denis Mukwege. I regularly appear as international law and global affairs expert and commentator on TV, radio, and in newspapers, such as the BBC and ARD German public radio. As a journalist, I have reported for leading media outlets in three languages and from more than a dozen countries, mainly in Africa, for Al Jazeera English and The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung (German), and De Volskrant (Dutch).


International law and international courts. Multilateral organisations and international cooperation. Foreign policy and diplomacy. Conflicts and peace processes.

PHOTO: Guy Jordan / London School of Economics


In 2018, I managed the communications activities during the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for the foundation of the Congolese human rights activist Denis Mukwege.

I coordinated the ideation of and supported the lobby for the establishment of the Global Survivors Fund – an innovative, multi-million Euro mechanism for war survivors (launched at the UN in 2019).


I regularly write for international media about international affairs, law, war and peace.

My work appeared in: Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic, France24, CTV Canada, United Nations Africa Renewal, The Global Observatory, Responsible Statecraft, among others.

In German: Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR, Deutsche Welle, among others.

In Dutch: De Volkskrant, Het Parool, De Groene Amsterdammer, De Kanttekening, among others.

Regular publications in academic journals.


One of Germany’s Top 30 Journalists under 30 Years (Medium Magazin, 2014)

Nomination for the Best of Online Activism Award for my blog ICCobserver (Deutsche Welle, 2014)

German-Dutch Journalism Award
(Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions 2011)


Since 2022: Board member United Nations Association of the Netherlands (UNANL)

2015: Member of the Young German Leaders delegation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel

2014: Mozambique Fellow, Johns Hopkins University International Reporting Project

2012: Election observer, presidential elections Georgia